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😋😔🙄 A lipoma is a benign (non-cancerous) overgrowth of fatty tissue that usually grows on your neck, shoulders, abdomen, arms, thighs, or back. Lipomas are painless, harmless, and very slow-growing. Located between the skin and the muscle, they will feel spongy and will move freely under your skin. Although lipomas are harmless, they can limit your range of motion and may alter your appearance. Fortunately, you can try natural treatments to shrink your lipomas. However, seek medical attention if you experience pain, see new lumps, or have problems with your range of motion.XTrustworthy SourceMayo ClinicEducational website from one of the world's leading hospitalsGo to source
Method 1Method 1 of 3:Treating Lipomas with Natural Oils and Herbs
- 1Create an ointment using natural oils and herbs. Natural oils such as neem and flaxseed make excellent base for ointments. Experiment with different combinations of herbs and oils.
- Neem oil is an astringent that helps protect your skin. It is commonly used in Ayurvedic (ancient Indian) medicine to treat lipomas.XResearch source
- Flaxseed oil has high levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids help to reduce inflammation. Be sure to buy flaxseed oil certified to be free of heavy metals, such as lead and mercury.
😋😔🙄 Tip: While not a natural oil, cooled green tea is a great alternative for your base. It is high in antioxidants that help regulate blood sugar and blood fats.
- 2Mix chickweed with a natural oil or tea base. Blend 1 teaspoon of chickweed to 2-3 tablespoons of neem oil or flaxseed oil. Apply the salve to the lipoma.
- Chickweed is used to reduce fats.XResearch sourceRani, N., Vasudeva, N., & Sharma, S. K. (2012). Quality assessment and anti-obesity activity of Stellaria media (Linn.) Vill. BMC Complementary And Alternative Medicine, 12145. doi:10.1186/1472-6882-12-145.
- You can also use 1-2 tablespoons of cooled green tea instead of neem or flaxseed oil to make a paste.
- 3Try creating an ointment with turmeric. Put 1 teaspoon of turmeric together with 2-3 tablespoons of neem oil or flaxseed oil. Smooth the ointment onto the lipoma. Your skin will turn a bit orange or yellow because of the turmeric. Cover the lipoma with a bandage to protect your clothes.XResearch source
- Turmeric, like neem oil, is commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine.
- For a paste, add 1-2 tablespoons of cooled green tea instead of neem or flaxseed oil to the turmeric.
- 4Add dried sage to neem oil or flaxseed oil. Mix ½ to 1 teaspoon of dried sage with 2-3 tablespoons of neem oil or flaxseed oil. Coat the lipoma with the balm.
- Substitute 1-2 tablespoons of cooled green tea for neem or flaxseed oil to make a paste.
- Sage is used in traditional Chinese medicine to dissolve fatty tissue.XResearch sourceWood, M. The Earthwise Herbal: A Complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants, 2008
Method 2Method 2 of 3:Making Dietary Changes
- 1Increase the amount of vegetables and fruits in your diet. Fruits and vegetables have antioxidants which help lower fats in the blood.XTrustworthy SourcePubMed CentralJournal archive from the U.S. National Institutes of HealthGo to source
- Choose brightly colored fruits and vegetables for the highest level of antioxidants. Some great examples of fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants are blueberries, raspberries, apples, plums, citrus fruits, leafy green vegetables, squash and bell peppers.XResearch source
- 2Eat more fish. Fish has good amounts of healthy omega-3 fats and good quality protein. Omega-3 fats help to decrease inflammation and may help limit the growth of lipomas.XResearch source Fritsche KL.The science of fatty acids and inflammation. Adv Nutr. 2015 May 15;6(3):293S-301S
- Salmon and tuna are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids as well as high in protein.XTrustworthy SourceAmerican Heart AssociationLeading nonprofit that funds medical research and public educationGo to sourceXResearch source
- Good sources of omega-3 fatty acids include mackerel, herring, trout, which are also high in vitamin B-12.XResearch source
- 3Limit eating red meats. If you do eat red meat, make sure it is grass-fed with no added antibiotics or hormones. Grass-fed meat has a lot of healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fats.XResearch sourceByelashov OA, Sinclair AJ, Kaur G., Dietary sources, current intakes, and nutritional role of omega-3 docosapentaenoic acid. Lipid Technol. 2015 Apr;27(4):79-82.
- Chicken, tofu, and beans are all healthy alternatives to red meat that are also high in protein.
- 4Switch to organic foods as much as possible. Switching to organic foods reduces the number of preservatives and additives you eat. Your liver will then be able to focus on removing the toxins stored in the lipoma’s fatty tissue.
😋😔🙄 Did You Know? Limiting the amount of processed and pre-packaged foods you eat will also limit the amount of additives and preservatives in your diet.
Method 3Method 3 of 3:When to Seek Medical Treatment
- 1See your doctor if you feel pain or discomfort, have a new lump, or see swelling. It’s possible for a lump to look like a lipoma but really be something else. Since lipomas aren’t painful, experiencing pain might be a sign that your lump is something else. Similarly, it’s best not to try treating a new lump or an area of swelling until you’ve had it checked by a doctor.XTrustworthy SourceMayo ClinicEducational website from one of the world's leading hospitalsGo to source
- Your lump is most likely not a cause for worry, but it’s good to be sure that it’s a lipoma rather than something else.
- 2Expect your doctor to do a tissue biopsy and an X-ray, MRI or CT scan. These tests will help your doctor make sure what you have is really a lipoma. In most cases, your doctor will do your diagnostic tests quickly in their office.XTrustworthy SourceMayo ClinicEducational website from one of the world's leading hospitalsGo to source
- You shouldn’t feel any pain when your doctor takes a biopsy, but you may experience discomfort. Before taking a biopsy, your doctor will numb the area around the lipoma. Then, they’ll use a thin needle to take a small sample from the lump. Finally, they’ll examine the sample under a microscope to make sure it’s a lipoma.
- The X-ray, MRI, and CT scan are all imaging tests. In most cases, your doctor will just do one of them. An X-ray can show a shadow where the lipoma is located, while an MRI and CT scan can show the lipoma in more detail.XResearch source
- 3Ask your doctor if liposuction can treat a lipoma that’s bothering you. If you have a small lipoma that is interfering with your daily life, your doctor may be able to remove it using liposuction. To do this procedure, your doctor will administer a numbing agent near the lipoma so you won’t feel pain. Then, they’ll use a needle to suck out the fatty tissue in the lipoma.XTrustworthy SourceMayo ClinicEducational website from one of the world's leading hospitalsGo to source
- This simple procedure is quick and doesn’t require much downtime. However, you might experience soreness, discomfort and bruising.
- 4Consider surgical removal if the lipoma restricts your movement. If your doctor thinks surgery is the right option for you, they’ll usually sedate your before surgery. To remove the lipoma, they’ll make a small incision and then extract the lipoma from your body. Finally, they’ll stitch up the incision.XTrustworthy SourceMayo ClinicEducational website from one of the world's leading hospitalsGo to source
- After surgery, you may have some scarring around the area. However, the scar likely won’t be very noticeable. Additionally, discomfort and bruising are common in the days after surgery.
- You might also consider surgery if the lipoma is affecting how you feel about your appearance.
😋😔🙄 Tip: If you get your lipoma surgically removed, it’s very unlikely that it will come back.
- QuestionHow can I increase the hemoglobin level in my blood?Zora Degrandpre, NDDr. Degrandpre is a Licensed Naturopathic Physician in Vancouver, Washington. She is also a grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. She received her ND from the National College of Natural Medicine in 2007.
Natural Health DoctorNatural Health DoctorExpert AnswerHemoglobin is an iron containing molecule found in red blood cells. Hemoglobin carries oxygen to the cells and carries carbon dioxide to the lungs for excretion. The best way to increase hemoglobin levels is to increase the amounts of fresh fruits, vegetables and lean protein in your diet. Also include foods rich in iron such as lean red meats, dark, leafy green vegetables, beans and poultry.
- It is always wise to consult a doctor first before trying a natural treatment.
- Generously apply the herbal salves daily for better results.
- Never try to squeeze or irritate your lipoma.
- ↑Rani, N., Vasudeva, N., & Sharma, S. K. (2012). Quality assessment and anti-obesity activity of Stellaria media (Linn.) Vill. BMC Complementary And Alternative Medicine, 12145. doi:10.1186/1472-6882-12-145.
- ↑Wood, M. The Earthwise Herbal: A Complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants, 2008
- ↑ Fritsche KL.The science of fatty acids and inflammation. Adv Nutr. 2015 May 15;6(3):293S-301S
- ↑Byelashov OA, Sinclair AJ, Kaur G., Dietary sources, current intakes, and nutritional role of omega-3 docosapentaenoic acid. Lipid Technol. 2015 Apr;27(4):79-82.
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To treat lipomas naturally, increase the amount of fruits and vegetables in your diet since the antioxidants will help lower fats in your blood. In addition to eating more produce, eat more fish, which has healthy omega-3 fats and protein, which can decrease inflammation and limit the growth of lipomas. Another method for treating lipomas is creating an ointment made from neem or flaxseed and chickweed or tumeric. Apply the salve to the lipomas to help reduce fatty tissue and inflammation. For more tips from our Medical co-author, including how to eat organic foods to treat lipomas, keep reading!
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